Index of Names in Irish Annals: Fáelán / Faolán

by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 06 October 2006

Masculine Given Names: Fáelán / Faolán


What we know as a set of Irish Annals are manuscripts that were each compiled during a particular time period, usually using older material as sources. For example, when the Annals of the Four Masters were written from 1632 to 1636, they covered events that occurred centuries and millenia before (including legendary history). So, when an entry in this set of annals refers to a person who lived in the year 738, the spelling used for that person's name is very likely not using the spelling that would have been used in 738.

Standard forms of this name (based on spelling systems of different periods) would be:

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 19
Found in Years: 628, 633, 658, 660, 665, 666, 676, 678, 711, 733, 735, 738, 781, 785, 786, 799, 804, 891, 923, 940, 942, 951, 958, 964, 979, 980, 1010, 1033, 1041, 1042, 1051, 1063, 1069, 1128, 1161, 1203, 1423

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Fáelán / Faolán, may be found in:

The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is included on that page as well.

Raw Data

In the table below, I have separated individuals with a blank line. That is, when there are multiple entries in the annals that refer to a single person, those entries are grouped together.

Within the list of entries refering to a single person, I have sorted the entries primarily by orthography when it is obvious that what I am seeing is the same entry showing up in multiple annals. The entries that tend to use older spellings are listed first.

Special factors which may affect name usage are marked in the context column.

ANindicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family
ASindicates an Anglo-Saxon
Nindicates a Norseman
Pindicates a Pict
Rindicates a person holding a religious office
Sindicates a person from Scotland

NOTE: The Annals referenced below under the code letters A, B, C, E, & F tend to use later spellings than the other Annals. In some cases, the spellings listed in these Annals may not be appropriate for the year referenced in the Annal entry.

In some Gaelic scripts, there is a character that looks approximately like a lowercase f, but without the crossbar. This character (represented by an underscored , e, in the entries below) sometimes represents e and sometimes ea depending upon the context of the text.

AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 658-660)
TT660.5Faelain rig Osraighi
CSCS660Faeláin ri Osraige
AM658.9Faolan, toisech Osraighi
[[unknown] maqqas Colomagni] (d. 665-666)
UU628.1Faelan filius Colmain, rex Laegen
TT628.1Faelan mac Colmain rí Laigen
CSCS628Faelan mac Colmain ri Laigen
TT633.2Faelan mac Colmain maic Conaill maic Suibne, rí Mide
CSCS633Faelan mac Colmain
CSCS643h-Uaisle filiae Suibne meic Colmáin {.i. rigan Faelan ri Laighen}
AM642.4h-Uaisle inghen Suibhne, mic Colmáin, ben Faoláin, righ Laighen
AM665.10Faolan, mac Colmain, rí Laighen
TT666.8Faelan mac Colmaín rí Laigen
CSCS666Faelán mac ColmáinLaigen
TT693.3Bran h-ua Faelain rí Laigen
CSCS693Bran nepos Faeláin rex Lagnensium
(d. ?)
AM676.5Faolan Seanchostol
TT678.5Faelan Senchostal
(d. 711)
UU711.1Faelan nepos Silni ["Faelán grandson of Silne"]
TT711.1Faelán h-úa Silne
TT756.3Cormac mac Faelan h-úa Silne
(d. ?)
UU718.5Dub Duin nepos Faelain episcopus, abbas Cluana Irairdd
AM716.4Dubh Dúin ua Faoláin, epscop & abb Cluana h-Eraird
(d. ?)
UU751.6Colman na m-Bretan m. Faelain abbatis Slaine
AM746.4Colman na m-Brethan, mac Faoláin, abb Slaine
(d. 733-738)
UU738.1Faelan nepos Brain, Laginensium rex ["Faelán grandson of Bran, king of Laigin"]
II735.1Foelán, ríg Laigen
AM733.5Faolan, mac Brain, rí Laighen
TT738.1Faelan mac Broin, rí Laigen
UU785.1Ruaidri m. Faelain rex cunctorum Laginencium
(d. ?)
UU785.1Ioseph h. Foileni sapiens abbas Biror
AM780.4Ioseb ua Faeláin, abb Biorair
(d. 781-786)
UU786.4Faelan m. Forbasaigh
AM781.14Faelan mac Forbhasaigh
[Fáelán mac Cellaig] (d. 799-804)
UU804.6RFaelan m. Ceallaigh prinnceps Cille Daro
AM799.3RFaelán, mac Cellaigh, abb Cille Dara
(d. ?)
UU838.10Bran m. Faelain, rex Laigen
AM837.14Bran, mac Faeláin, ó ráiter Uí Faoláin, rí Laighen
(d. ?)
AM877.7Flannaccán, mac Faoláin, rioghdhamhna Ua Ceinnsealaigh
AM874.14Dunghal, mac Faolán, tanaisi Ua c-Ceinnselaigh
(d. 880)
AM880.7Faolán, mac Dunlainge, tighearna Tochair Eachdach
(d. ?)
CSCS894Faolán mac Gúaireh. cCinsiolaigh
AM889.15Faolán, mac Guaire, tighearna Ua Ceinnsealaigh
UU922.1Tadc m. Faelain ri H. Cennselaig
CSCS922Tadhcc mac Faolain ri Laigen
BM920.12Tadhg, mac Faoláin, tighearna Laighean Desgabhair
(d. 891)
II891.2RFaelain meicc Maíl Dúin, abb Iae Coluim Cille
(d. ?)
BM929.12Donn Cuan, mac Faoláin, rioghdhamhna Laighen
[Fáelán mac Muiredaig] (d. 940-942)
BM923.7Faolan, mac Muiredhaigh, rí Laighen
BM940.5Faolán, mac Muiredhaigh, rí Laighen
BM936.12Lorcán, mac Faoláin, tighearna Laighen
UU942.2Foelan m. Muiredaigh, ri Laigen
UU943.3Lorcan m. Faelain, ri Laighen
II943.2Lorcain meicc Foelain, ríg Laigen
BM941.9Lorcán, mac Faoláin, rí Laighen
BM942.12Cheallach, mac Faeláin, rioghdhamhna Laighen
CSCS966Ceallach mac Faeláin ri Laigen
II966.1Cellaich m. Foelain, ríg Laigen
BM965.9Muireadhach, mac Faoláin, abb Cille Dara, & ríoghdhamhna Laighean
[Fáelán mac Taidc] (d. 951)
BM951.19Faolán, mac Taidhcc tánaisi Ua c-Ceinnselaigh
(d. 958)
BM958.6Faolán, mac Ferghaile, tanaisi Laoighisi Retae
[Fáelán mac Cormaicc] (d. 964-966)
UU966.1Faelan m. Cormaicc ri na n-Desse Muman
II966.1Foelain m. Cormaic, ríg na n-Désse
BM964.10Faolán, mac Corbmaic, tighearna na n-Deise Mumhan
TT996.3Domnall mac Faelan, ríg na n-Déisi
BM995.4Dhomhnaill, mac Faoláin, tigherna na n-Déisse
TT996.6Domnall mac Faelain, rí na n-Déise
CSCS996Domnall mac Faoláin rí na n-Desi
BM995.5Domhnall, mac Faoláin, tigherna na n-Deisi
TT1031.10Diarmuit mac Domnaill maic Faelain, rí na n-Deissi
BM1031.13Diarmait, mac Domhnaill, mic Faoláin, tigherna na n-Deisi
CSCS1014Mothla mac Domnaill meic Faeláin ri na n-Deisi Muman
(d. 979-980)
TT980.5RFaelan mac Cáelaighe, espoc Imlecha Iubair
II980.5RFoelain m. Cóellaide, abbad Imlecha Ibair
BM979.2RFaolán, mac Coellaidhe, suí-epscop, & abb Imleacha Iubhair
(d. 1010)
BM1010.15Faelán, mac Dunlaing, tigherna Ua m-Buidhe
(d. ?)
II1033.12Cormacc mc. Foelain, comarba Meicc H-Íii
(d. 1051)
BM1051.14Faelan mac Brattáin, mic Bric
TT1051.3Faelan mac Bratain maic Bricc
(blinded in 1041, d. 1069)
BM1041.6Faelan h-Ua Mórdha, tigherna Laoighisi
TT1041.2Faelan h-Ua Morda, rí Laigsi
BM1063.19Laoighseach, mac Faeláin I Mhórdha, tigherna Laighisi
TT1063.4Faelan mac Murchadha rígdamna Laigen
BM1069.9Faolan .i. An Dall Ua Mórdha ["Faelan, i.e. the Blind, Ua Mordha"]
(d. 1128)
UU1128.1righ Fer Manach .i. for Faelan H. n-Duibh Dhara ["the king of Fir Manach, i.e. Faelán ua Duibdara"]
LCLC1128.2Faolán .H. Duibh Dhara
[Faolán Mac Faoláin] (d. 1203)
BM1161.8Faolan, mac Mic Fhaoláin
CM1203.8Faolan Mac Faolain tigherna Ua f-Faolain
(d. 1423)
DM1423.8Faolán Mac an Gobhann

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